SLASH, GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist: “I don’t think I’ve ever owned the ‘Appetite For Destruction’ record”
In a new interview with Gold mine, GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist slash he was asked if he still had the original cover of the band’s classic debut album, “Appetite for Destruction”, on vinyl. He replied, “Well, you have to understand – I mean, it’s like that with all the records that I do – I don’t collect any of them. If you came to my house, you would have a hard time knowing I was in a band. Or at least any band you’ve heard of. I mean there’s instruments around, but I don’t have any memories or anything special of going out over years. I don’t think I’ve ever owned the ‘Appetite for Destruction’ registration. And even if it was, I didn’t live anywhere, so I wouldn’t have a place to put it. Admittedly, I had a lot of records that I kept. But I’ve never really been one to collect records from the bands I’m in. Does that make sense?”
He continued, “I mean, you make a record, you go through this whole process of creating the music and working on it with the guys and developing it. Then you go into the studio and you record it, and then go in and mix it. And then the final process is mastering. And once that’s done and it’s ready to go out, you’re on to something else. You know what I mean? That’s like you’ve gone through everything you need on this hardware, and the only thing you should expect at this point is to go out and play And, so, I’m not really editing in my car and I don’t listen to it eight million times when you’re mixing and mastering. [Laughs] Yeah, you play it every night, so the gear is still there. And it’s exciting if you hear it on the radio or something. But I don’t listen to it any other way.”
slash added: “And then there’s…and other musicians can attest to that…if you put on music in general, you kind of get sucked into it. But if it’s your own material.. .. it’s like you’re at a rally or something and they have to put your record on, it’s kind of funny. You don’t really want to go in somewhere and they play it.
GUNS N’ ROSESThe Spring/Summer 2022 European Tour concluded on July 15 in Hannover, Germany. The group will resume in September in South America.
GUNS N’ ROSES kicked off their long-awaited reunion tour with an April 2016 club show in Hollywood and appearances in Las Vegas and the Coachella festival in California.
GUNS N’ ROSES‘Reunion tour features members of the classic lineup slashbass player Duff McKagan and singer Axl Rose backed by guitarist Richard Fortusdrummer Frank Ferrerkeyboardist Stunned Reed and second keyboardist Melissa Reese.
GUNS N’ ROSES released a new four-song EP, “Hard School”, in February. The effort, which is exclusive to the GUNS N’ ROSES‘, contains the two new songs the band released last year — the title track and “Absurd” (stylized as “ABSUID”) — as well as live versions of “Do not Cry” and “You are crazy”.
The group are currently working on a new studio album – the first under the name SHOTGUNS banner since 2008 “Chinese Democracy” and the first to appear Pink, slash and McKagan since 1993.
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